Terry F. Gestrin

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Terry F. Gestrin
Terry Gestrin.jpg
Idaho House of Representatives District 8A
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionGov. Butch Otter
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
AppointedAugust 2, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Valley County Commissioner
1995 - 2005
State Insurance Fund Board
2008 - Present
ProfessionGeneral and fuel store operator
Office website
Campaign website
Terry F. Gestrin is a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 8A. He was first appointed to the chamber on August 2, 2012.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gestrin served on the following committees:

Idaho Committee Assignments, 2013
Resources and Conservation
Transportation and Defense


Campaign themes


Gestrin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Free market, reduction in government regulations
  • The right to own and bear arms
  • Intelligent use of natural resources
  • Pro-life policies



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Idaho House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Terry F. Gestrin defeated Ernest Walker in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 8A Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTerry F. Gestrin Incumbent 62.9% 4,443
Ernest Walker 37.1% 2,618
Total Votes 7,061



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gestrin won election in the 2012 election for Idaho House of Representatives District 8A. On July 25, 2012, he was chosen as the ballot replacement for incumbent Ken Roberts, who withdrew on the July 16. He defeated Karla J. Miller (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 8A, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTerry F. Gestrin 65.2% 13,894
     Democratic Karla J. Miller 34.8% 7,405
Total Votes 21,299


See also: Idaho State Senate elections, 2012

Gestrin ran in the 2012 election for Idaho State Senate District 8. He was defeated by Steven Thayn in the Republican primary on May 15.[8][9]

Idaho State Senate District 8 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Thayn 44.6% 3,312
Alan D. Ward 27.8% 2,065
Terry Gestrin 27.6% 2,053
Total Votes 7,430

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Idaho

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In 2013, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 4.[10]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "impacting economic freedom in the state."


In 2012, the Idaho State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[11]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Idaho Freedom Index

The Idaho Freedom Foundation, an Idaho-based, nonprofit educational research institute, released its "Idaho Freedom Index" in 2013. The index intended to show how Idaho legislators voted on the principles the Foundation seeks to promote. It measured each state legislator based on two tiers, which include whether legislators voted for or against bills that would create or eliminate government agencies, programs, and regulations, and bills that would impact the free market in a positive or negative way. Scores ranged from the highest possible score for members of the state Senate (194 points) and for members of the state House (180 points). A higher score indicated that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Foundation.[12] Gestrin received a score of 81 points in the 2013 index, ranking 15th out of 70 members of the Idaho House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ken Roberts (R)
Idaho House of Representatives District 8A
Succeeded by